Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Best Venues in London for Kids

When it comes to venues for kids, London is teeming with choices. The first and most obvious choice is London Zoo. Home to more than 600 species, many of which are endangered, your entry fee for you and the family goes a long way to contributing towards the zoos conservation projects around the world. With everything you would expect from a top zoo, it really is a first choice for many families when they visit London. If you are around on the 13th December the zoo is also holding two special carol concerts throughout the day which are sure to get you all in the festive spirit.

Right next to the London Eye and a close walk from Tate Modern lays London Aquarium which amongst all its many varieties of fish and other sea life from around the world now includes an impressive walk over where you get to see below your very own feet sharks in all their glory. Other new features include Californian cownose rays which will swim in formation and give a spectacular display as well as a new 25 metre long whale skeleton tunnel with panoramic views of tropical sea life and fish.

The Puppet Theatre Barge is something a little different to treat the kids to. This intimate 55 seat theatre is moored in Little Venice and the company that runs the shows, Movingstage, are critically acclaimed for their productions. The barge is open from October through to July and hosts specific children's shows that are aptly timed during school holidays and weekends.

For some healthy outdoor activities on a nice day there is the Diana, Princess of Wales memorial playground. Created in 2000, this playground has a hugely popular wooden pirate ship where kids will vie for the steering of the wheel. There are also pulleys, ropes and cabins which will keep them amused for hours. Acting out scenes from Pirates of the Caribbean is an all time favourite for many. There are also tepees, a café and the provision for loos and nappy changing facilities which allow the family to stay for hours.

This is just a snapshot of some London venues that cater for children, there are many more weird and wonderful things ready to entertain the kids on your next London trip and it is wise to take a look online to find out what's on when your trip is planned so you don't miss out on anything special.